Tripathi lauds impact of club’s awesome foursome

Jon Clare has joined a host of players with county experience back at Turf Moor
Jon Clare has joined a host of players with county experience back at Turf Moor

Burnley skipper Bharat Tripathi has heaped praise on the club’s county stars for the impact they’ve had at Turf Moor.

The current Lancashire League leaders have acquired the services of Brown brothers, Michael and David, for the new term as well as Vishal Tripathi and Jonathan Clare.

It’s a really strong side and it can only be a good thing to have these lads playing for us

Burnley skipper Bharat Tripathi

While one-time Hampshire, Middlesex and Surrey batsman Michael is yet to feature this season, the remaining trio have accumulated 613 runs between them and contributed to five league wins and a Worsley Cup first round triumph over Haslingden.

“It’s a really strong side and it can only be a good thing to have these lads playing for us,” said Tripathi. “They’ve played junior cricket with Burnley, they’ve performed for Burnley and they’ve served the club well.

“All that contributes to how much they help the other lads in the squad. They are spending a lot of time with the rest of the team.

“Having them as part of the team and as part of the dressing room is as big as watching them perform on the pitch. The team is flourishing with them being a part of it.”

The aforementioned threesome have brought their nous, knowledge and experience to the dressing room.

And that combination of former Gloucester, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire cricketers is rubbing off on the club’s amateur players.

One individual to make a glowing impression to date is 20-year-old Jhangir Liaqat who has 21 wickets to his name. “Different characters are pulling us through in games,” Tripathi said.

“But Jhangir deserves a mention. He’s been absolutely superb; a revelation. He’s taken three successive five-fors.

“Everybody is really positive and it’s a spirit thing more than anything else.”

Burnley’s eight-wicket win over East Lancs at the weekend, coupled with the abandonment of Lowerhouse’s clash with Rishton at Blackburn Road, saw Tripathi’s army march 11 points clear at the summit.

And the skipper is delighted with his side’s formiddable start to proceedings.

“It’s been absolutely brilliant,” he said. “We’re looking to see how many we can win now.

“I’m delighted with how we’ve started. It’s been fantastic and it’s very encouraging that there’s still more to come. It’s been the best start that I’ve been involved in.”

Tripathi added: “The belief is there. It’s been there for the past couple of years but talk means nothing if you don’t perform. We believe we are good enough to compete now and our performances are matching that.

“We are just looking to keep building that momentum and if we keep winning games then inevitably we should win the league.”

Burnley travel to Irlam in the LCB Knockout Cup tomorrow before entertaining Rawtenstall on Sunday.

Meanwhile Lowerhouse travel to Bacup for a league encounter, looking to build on their cup victory over Rishton.

Worsley Cup second round draw, June 20th: Burnley v Ramsbottom; Enfield v Lowerhouse.